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Graduate School Interviews-Home Work Questions and Sample Answers

-Five Questions:
What do you want to do?  What are your goals?  
2. Tell me some things you have done to explore the profession?
3. What are your strengths as they relate to this profession?
4.  What are your weaknesses as they relate to this profession?
5.  What is the most important issue facing this profession today?



Answers/Examples of Homework:
What do you want to do?  Why do you want to be a doctor? What are your goals?
These are some things the statement should do:
-It should be objective, yet self-revelatory. Write directly and in a straightforward manner that tells about your experience and what it means to you. Do not use "academese." This is not a research paper for a professor.
-It should form conclusions that explain the value and meaning of your experience, such as what you learned about yourself and your field, your future goals, and your career plans. Draw your conclusions from the evidence your life provides.
-It should be specific. Document your conclusions with specific instances, or draw your conclusions as the result of individual experience. See below a list of general words and phrases to avoid using without explanation.
-It should be an example of careful persuasive writing. Career Center Counselors can help you determine if this is so by reviewing your draft statement.
-It should get to the point early on and catch the attention of the reader.
-It often should be limited in length, no more than two pages or less. In some instances it may be longer, depending on the school's instructions.

2.  Tell me some things you have done to explore the profession?
This is an excellent opportunity to discuss some of the strong points in your application such as related community service, volunteer experiences, internships, clinicals, etc.. Keep in mind that some interviewers do not have time to read all of your submitted information (but some will read everything in detail and will ask you questions to double check some of your statements!)

3.  What are your strengths as they relate to this profession?

Describe two or three skills you have that are most relevant to the job. Avoid cliches or generalities; offer specific evidence. Describe new ways these skills could be put to use in the new position. If you have to talk about weaknesses, be honest without shooting yourself in the foot-avoid pointing out a weakness that could be a major obstacle in landing the job. For example, it might be wise to mention you barely have the required work experience for the job; the interviewer has surely noticed this much, and then you can explain how you're qualified nonetheless.

"My strengths are interpersonal skills, and I can usually win people over to my point of view. Also, I have good judgment about people and an intuitive sense of their talents and their ability to contribute to a given problem. These skills seem to me directly related to the job. I notice that you require three years' work experience for this job. Although my resume shows I've only two years' experience, it doesn't show that I took two evening college courses related to my field and have been active in one of the professional societies. I also try to gain knowledge by reading the industry's trade journals. I'm certain that my combined knowledge and skill level is the equivalent of that of other people who do have three years' of work experience. I'm also currently enrolled in a time-management course; I can already see the effects of this course at work on my present job."

4.  What are your weaknesses as they relate to this profession?
Iíve historically been a poor time manager. I would get some involved with the projects that I was working on, that I might run late for a meeting, or not schedule enough time for another project. In order to deal with this, Iíve begun adhering to a much tighter schedule on my calendar. I will organize my projects and schedule a time to work on each. This has the added bonus of not only helping with my time management, but enables me to remember all of the projects that I need to work on. I now carry my pocket calendar with me everywhere. Here, let me show you what I have scheduled for next week. As you can seeÖ

5.  What is the most important issue facing this profession today?
Example Topics:
1. The poor, as in any other country too, never get adequate care due to lack of ability to afford life saving procedures and other such things.
2. Massive malpractice issues that doctors are facing today.
3. Clinicians are losing their autonomy to insurance companies.
4. Clinicians are losing their autonomy to insurance companies may not be such a bad thing. Think about physician practice variation and the bell curve. Are all physicians the same? Of course not. Like any population, some are exceptional, most are merely adequate, and there are some not so good. Look at the tremendous variation in how we treat cystic fibrosis. Clinical guidelines often improve care for patients by following evidence-based practice. Are clinical guidelines always good? No. Are they usually helpful in assuring that a patient receives the necessary care? Yes.
5. Unified Medical Records - both Presidential Candidates said this was important, but I don't think there is any plan in place yet.
6.  The current healthcare reform legislation.



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